Trump’s Cognitive Exam; CDC Issues ‘Urgent’ Vaccination Alert; Plan B Use Doubled

Derick Alison
Derick Alison
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At a campaign event, former President Donald Trump said he “aced” his recent cognitive exam. (The Hill)

The cinnamon applesauce pouches linked to high lead levels in dozens of U.S. kids may have been intentionally contaminated, a top FDA official suggested. (Politico)

The CDC issued an “urgent” alert about the low vaccination rates for flu, COVID, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and called on healthcare providers to administer shots now to protect patients.

Meanwhile, AstraZeneca and Sanofi announced plans to ship another 230,000 doses of their monoclonal antibody for protecting infants from RSV to the U.S. market. (Reuters)

Healthcare companies are signing on to the U.S. plan to ensure the safe development of artificial intelligence in healthcare. (Reuters)

Hundreds of women have been denied emergency abortions in Texas since the state’s near-total ban, a STAT analysis revealed.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he’ll propose a plan to cut prescription drug costs by 50%. (Endpoints News)

A well-known fertility doctor and former Harvard Medical School professor used his own sperm to inseminate a patient in 1980, a new lawsuit alleges. (Washington Post)

Disgraced “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli asked an appeals court to overturn the ban from him working in the pharmaceutical industry. (Bloomberg)

The FDA warned multiple companies for selling unapproved antimicrobials for animals, saying that many of the treatments are used in humans and could contribute to antimicrobial resistance.

The World Health Organization is urging governments to ban all flavors of e-cigarettes. (Reuters)

Does that patient really have a penicillin allergy? (NBC News)

In order to succeed, HIV vaccine candidates may need to induce strong immune responses from CD8+ T cells, researchers reported in Science.

A New York doctor who appeared on the Bravo reality series “Below Deck” was charged in an alleged fake opioid prescription scheme that used the names of his fellow cast members. (AP)

CNN interviewed victims of the war in Gaza at a field hospital in Rafah.

The Smithsonian collected dozens of human brains from vulnerable individuals, many without consent, a Washington Post report revealed.

North Carolina is suing HCA Healthcare, alleging that it breached terms of the takeover agreement with Mission Health and has “degraded” care at the former nonprofit. (STAT)

A Texas man pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a Boston doctor who specializes in treating transgender youth. (NBC News)

Emergency contraception use among American women more than doubled since the morning-after pill was approved to be sold without a prescription (from 10.8% in 2006-2010 to 26.6% in 2015-2019), according to CDC data.

A Maine nurse was arrested for her alleged role in the January 6 Capitol riot, the FBI said. (WMTW)

Heart failure patients in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods were more likely to be non-adherent to guideline-recommended medication. (JAMA Network Open)

Here are NPR‘s top five ‘viral’ stories from the year.

Singer Patti Smith was discharged from a hospitalization in Italy following a “sudden illness.” (People)

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    Kristen Monaco is a senior staff writer, focusing on endocrinology, psychiatry, and nephrology news. Based out of the New York City office, she’s worked at the company since 2015.

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